2017 Edition

Ten x Ten 2017: Dual Practices

The fifth and most conceptually broad iteration, Ten x Ten 2017: Dual Practices brings together 10 notable Chicago artists who have robust practices in both visual art and music.

The vision of Ten x Ten is to go beyond a typical call-and-response collaboration by encouraging artists and musicians to deeply investigate the creative process. Over the course of eight months, participants will stretch and explore their artistic practice in a cross-media collaboration with another artist, with the results reflected back to the public through an exhibition, performance, and collectable compilation.

By considering questions about boundaries and location, the Ten x Ten 2017 will investigate Chicago neighborhood identities, urban change, and comfort in space and place. 

Guest Curator: Experimental Sound Studio

Founded in 1986, Experimental Sound Studio presents eclectic performance and installation programming, workshops, and artist talks year round, and is home to a full-service recording, mixing, and mastering studio; Audible Gallery, a small public space for exhibitions, meetings, workshops, performances, and artists' projects; and the Creative Audio Archive - an invaluable collection of recordings, print, and visual ephemera related to avant-garde and exploratory sound and music of the last five decades.


Melina Ausikaitis is an artist and musician living in Chicago. She has exhibited and performed at such Chicago venues as Museum of Contemporary Art, Empty Bottle, Regards, The Hideout, and Comfort Station among others. Melina often collaborates with artists and organizations including the Hubbard Street dancer and choreographer Jonathan Fredrickson, curating at Chicago’s Rainbo Club, and performing with a handful of Chicago-based musical projects including the band Joan of Arc.

Ambrosia Bartošekulva, mastermind behind the gutteral-etheric sounds of wrtch, is an audiovisual artist currently based in Chicago. Twice institutionalized and likely still dreaming, their voice seems to rise up out of the depths of their belly and vomit forth. Even with this visceral intensity, you can sense the inner workings of Ambrosia’s mind. The name wrtch - which seems to describe their process and presence acutely - is in actuality an homage to their ancestry as Romani or Gypsy. Currently based in Chicago, they are pursuing a BFA at SAIC (expected 2018).

Mark Booth
BFA, 1987, Rhode Island School of Design; MFA, 1995, School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Exhibitions: Adds Donna, Chicago; Kunstverein Koelnberg, Koln; oqbo, Berlin; O'Connor Gallery, Dominican University, River Forest; Schalter, Berlin; Gahlberg Gallery, College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn; HPAC, Chicago; 12x12 MCA, Chicago; KOCA, Weimar; Hudson Franklin, NY; Tony Wight, Chicago. Performances: ELO-Brown University, Providence; Kunstlerhaus Mousonturm, Frankfurt; PAC, Chicago; The Outer Ear Sound Art Festival, Chicago; Chicago Cultural Center. Publications: Frakcija; Antennae; Jubilat; Whitewalls; Performance Research. Bibliography: Art Papers; NPR Berlin; New York Times; Chicago Reader; Das Kunstmagazine; Tribune. Awards: ESS Artist's Residency; Crosscut; ESS/Links Hall.

Joseph Clayton Mills is a musician, artist, and writer who lives and works in Chicago. His text-based paintings, assemblages, and sound installations have been exhibited in Chicago, New York, and Europe and his work has appeared in numerous publications, including The New Yorker. He is the author of the short-story collection Zyxt, and in 2012 published Nabokrossvords, a translation of early Russian crosswords by Vladimir Nabokov. He is an active participant in the improvised and experimental music community in Chicago, where his collaborators have included Adam Sonderberg and Steven Hess (as Haptic), Michael Vallera (as Maar), Noé Cuéllar (as Parital), Sylvain Chaveau, Jason Stein, Michael Pisaro, and Olivia Block, among many others; his recordings have appeared on numerous labels, including Another Timbre, FSS, and Entr’acte. In 2013, in conjunction with Noé Cuéllar, he launched Suppedaneum, a label focused on releasing scores and their realizations. 

Cathy Hsiao was born in New York City and immigrated to Taiwan at the age of three and back to the US after graduating high school in Taichung, Taiwan. She holds a BA from the University of California Berkeley and a MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2016). She has been awarded the 2016 Emerging Illinois Artists Triennial Juror Prize; the New Artist Society Fellowship, School of the Art Institute (2014 - 2016), amongst others. Her practice is rooted in a hybrid inquiry between material making and conceptual thinking as a way to construct a parallel consonance between inner cultural/emotional landscapes and larger natural and built environments. She references distinct practices from Asian textiles and the history of Western abstraction to craft entirely new vocabularies of migration and translocation. Using her body to reimagine other bodies, using other bodies to reinterpret her own she builds and records indexes of her environment to feel her size. In doing so she is constantly interested in amplifying the sound of sentiments and objects that have no socially recognized language. 

Deidre Huckabay is a Chicago-based performer, writer, photographer, and event producer. She is a flutist with degrees from the Eastman School of Music and Duquesne University. Her work reflects a solitary, interior world, drawing on a musical life that requires spending long hours alone and listening. As a flutist, she has extensively toured the U.S., Europe, and Latin America. Deidre performs with the Eastman BroadBand and Manual Cinema, and has recorded for Urtext and Bridge Records. She is co-owner of the experimental cassette tape label Parlour Tapes+ and a regular contributor to Cacophony Magazine.

Damon Locks is a Chicago based visual artist, educator, vocalist/musician, and deejay. He attended The Art Institute in Chicago where he received his BFA in Fine Arts. Recently, he has been lending his artistic and/or teaching talents to organizations such as Prisons and Neighborhood Arts Project, Art Reach, the Center for Urban Pedagogy, and at UIC. He is a recent recipient of the Helen Coburn Meier and Tim Meier Achievement Award in the Arts and the 2016 MAKER Grant. He also recently completed a music residency at The New Quorum in New Orleans and begins an Artist Studio Residency at the Hyde Park Art Center in April. He has been operating as an Artist Mentor in the Chicago Artist Coalition program FIELD/WORK. Damon has performed internationally throughout Brazil and Japan and at festivals in Sant'Anna Arresi, 2011 & 2013 (Italy), Lisbon, 2009 (Portugal), Saalfelden, 2012 (Austria). 

Lou Mallozzi is a Chicago-based artist known primarily for his work in sound, often with a focus on dismembering and reconstituting language, gesture, and signification. His work includes performances, installations, music works, recordings, and radio works. In addition, he has a visual art practice that includes drawing and other media. He has performed and exhibited in the U.S. and Europe, including projects at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the Chicago Cultural Center, the Arts Club in Chicago, the Italian Cultural Institute and Italian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, the Grunwald Gallery at Indiana University Bloomington, Experimental Intermedia New York, "Le Cri du Patchwork" on Radio France, Ausland Berlin, Podewil Berlin, TUBE Audio Art Series Munich, and the Radiorevolten Festival Halle. In addition to his solo works, Mallozzi often collaborates with artists, filmmakers and musicians. He is on the faculty of the Sound Department of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and is co-founder and former executive director of Experimental Sound Studio.
Allen Moore is and Black American visual and experimental sound artist born and raised in the small village of Robbins IL, just south of Chicago. Allen has a Bachelors of Arts from Chicago State University, a Masters in Arts fro Governors State University and a Masters of Fine Arts from Northern Illinois University. His work converses with the signifiers of African American culture and popular culture; bringing to view the underlying themes of racial, emotional and socio-economical, conditions.

Chicago native Sadie Woods has held dj residencies throughout Chicago for over a decade and performed for art institutions and tastemakers alike. Her practice includes sound art and design, deejay performance, exhibition making, and collaborations within communities of difference. She's been a participant of Ecole du Magain’s International Curatorial Program and editor of “Harald Seemann Individual Methodology” project; resident artist of the Hyde Park Art Center Program; Resident Artist at ACRE; Artist-In-Residence at Nichols Tower Homan Square; Sponsored Artist at High Concept Labs; Resident Curator of Chicago Artists Coalition's HATCH Projects; and Collaborator of Independent Curators International Dakar Intensive. Sadie is the recipient of the Bemis Center for the Arts Artist Residency; sound designer for Brujos Web Series; Curator-In-Residence at Art + Public Life Arts Incubator with La Keisha Leek; Resident Curator for Terrain-HATCH Projects; resident DJ at Boleo at The Kimpton Gray Hotel; and Lecturer at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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